|Sunday Lunch: Thai Food|
We bought extra, on purpose, to enjoy over the next few days.
After lunch, we decided to order some "patties" (pastries that are similar to empanadas) and vatalappan (a pudding made with coconut milk, jaggery, and eggs, also spelled watalappan) from one of the Sri Lankan restaurants. I called them and they said they were closing at 5:00 p.m. since it was Sunday. It was almost 4:30 p.m. when I called and I wasn't sure if I could get there before they closed. "No problem," I was told, "if you can get here before 6:00 p.m., we will stay open for pick up". So, we placed the order and we got there by 5:05 p.m.! LOL. We were lucky as it was a Sunday evening and traffic was fairly light. They had our order almost ready, the last of the patties (I ordered ones with a fish filling) were just being taking out of the deep fryer when we got there! The place is run by a husband and wife team and we were the only customers in the restaurant at the time.
|Vatalappan (forgot to take a photo before we ate!)|
By the way, this month's eating out budget has been completely blown! I am blessed that I can do this from time to time.
Then, since we were just 3 or 4 blocks away from the Sri Lankan store, we decided to make an unscheduled stop, there, too! Without preordering anything for curbside pickup! It was the first time since the pandemic started, that I went inside a store (masked, of course) without any prior reason for going in (such as getting vaccinated)! It was my first in-person grocery shopping trip! It is a small store. There was one other customer there when we went in, plus the cashier (and another store clerk in a back room, as I noticed, later), all of us wearing masks. While we were there, another customer came in, without a mask, disregarding the store's posted masking requirements, but, she was in the store for only a short time.
Daughter and I took our time finding various items we wanted to buy. We called friend R to ask if she needed anything and she was very reluctant to say what she wanted because she knows I won't let her pay me back, but, eventually, she mentioned a few items and I bought those items, too.
The unmasked customer went ahead of us to pay for her items and then daughter and I put our overflowing shopping baskets on the counter. It was then that I noticed the other customer standing a bit to the side (but, without any shopping items with him); I wasn't sure if he was waiting to ask the store clerk a question or what, but, I asked him if he wanted to go ahead of me but, he declined (apparently, his basket of shopping was near the cashier's counter, on the other side). He looked to be of Sri Lankan descent, but, I spoke to him in English and he replied in English with an Australian accent. He asked me what I was going to make and I replied, "Love cake" and he told me that he, too, was buying the ingredients to make love cake, for the first time, using his paternal grandmother's recipe. I wished him luck because you need a bit of luck when you make this particular cake for the first time. Then, I paid for my groceries and left.
|Sri Lankan Store Haul|
Cookies/biscuits, my favorite tea bags, snacks, bottles of rose essence and almond essence, a 4 lb. bag of red lentils, jaggery, palm sugar, seeni sambol mix, chili sauce, packets of cinnamon sticks, coriander seeds, and cashews, and, not shown, slices of frozen seer fish, packets of frozen green chili parathas, dates, and golden raisins. This is the one store where I buy what I want without worrying about the prices (although, the red lentils, at $1.49/lb., were cheaper than at the supermarket, where I pay $2.29/lb. and it is not always available). I spent most of this month's grocery budget on this trip (the total came to $153.58), but, I am not going to worry about it! A trip to the Sri Lankan store is a treat! LOL. Some of the items I bought are for my daughter to take back with her and some are for friend R.
- Being able to treat ourselves to Thai food and Sri Lankan treats
- Having a Sri Lankan store and restaurant within 20 miles of us
- The store being fully stocked
- A safe drive there and back
1 plastic zippered case that bed linen came in